Friday, February 15, 2013

Gallery Wall(s)...After and Before

Hi Friends!  I am quite behind with this little blog, just adding bits and pieces as I can.  I am in a season of life in which work, hard work, work outside of the home, has become a priority with one son in his first year of college and the other only 2 years behind.  Although I am grateful for the work and of being of service to others, it has honestly been an awful lot.  I am a total homebody, and I get restless when I have not spent enough time puttering and just "being" in my house.
 
Recently our youngest son (age 17 so he is not really young anymore!) mentioned that the walls of our stairwell filled with his art were depressing him.  The art was cute and colorful, but old and, with his ever-critical eye, simply "wrong"on so,so many levels.  So rather than torture him further, I changed it out with a few still-old black and white pieces he had done in the past along with some photographs both he and I have taken plus three shots that were not taken by us.  I found a good deal on-line for white matting so that they would feel like a collection and simply reused my old black frames. 
 
Take a look and please tell me what you think?  Below are the "AFTER" shots:




 
 
And below, you can see one side of the stairwell in it's "BEFORE" version:
 
 
 

I do think I am liking it's "AFTER" version:
 
 

(above art 5 years ago, and below is a sample of his art today):
 
 
 
It all makes me a little sad and a little happy at the same time.  :)


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My Humble Superbowl Spread

 
 
 
 
Hello Friends!  We had a very small crowd this year for our Superbowl watching, what with our college son (who usually eats a lot of Superbowl snacks) gone for his second semester.  Here is our little spread from last year.
 
I was a little under the weather the two days leading up to the Superbowl so the idea of shopping for food let alone cooking was just not appealing in the least.  However, I wanted to have a little something for the two men left (hubby and younger son).  So on Sunday just before the game, I looked around the fridge and cupboards for some inspiration (still did NOT want to go to grocery store), and gathered cheese, crackers, pickles, some celery and three lonesome veggie eggrolls from our freezer. 
 
I also needed a "dip" of sorts, so I combined two cans of tuna with some relish, lots of finely diced onion and celery and mayo to serve with flatbread crackers that had been in the pantry and had gone (shockingly) unopened. 
 
I made the tuna salad a bit more creamy than usual as a dip.  It was a huge hit!  Cooked up the eggrolls until they were crispy and then cut each in half and served with a mustard on the side. 
 
They thought it was great....little did they know that nothing was planned!  :)  This was "work with what you've got!" all over again and I am glad they enjoyed it.  

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Valentine's Mantle



Just for fun:  A Valentine Mantle that is simple.
 
Reused pink ribbon on the wooden heart  I spray painted last year, two heart topiaries on sale from the craft store (from which I removed some of their embellishment), carnations, and camelias from my yard.  Boom.
 

 
 



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